Artist Gear Setup: Danny Tenaglia

For todays artist gear setup we get to take a look inside the travel bag of veteran DJ/producer, Danny Tenaglia. The New York based DJ started collecting records at 10 years old and in 1979 got his first taste of no boundaries mixing when he heard DJ Larry Levan’s genre-less mixing at Paradise Garage. A longtime vinyl advocate, he has now switched to DJing Traktor Pro 2. See what’s in Danny Tenaglia’s bag after the jump.

1 – Laptop

  • 17″ MacBook Pro fully loaded to run Traktor
  • 13″ MacBook Air lightweight laptop used as tablet, organizer + works great in bed too when chilling and unwinding.

2 – Midi Controllers

3 – External Hard Drive

  • 1 x Lacie HDTotal backup of MacBook Pro 17″ just in case
  • 1 x Lacie HD – Loaded with more music & studio session stuff not in 17″ in case I desire to bring up an older classic or to always be prepared if a studio session arises, so I will have all my personal sounds with me since “Bottom Heavy”
  • 1 x G-Drive to use with Pioneer CDJ’s as backup if Traktor was to fail, but so far so good!

4 – Headphones

  • Sony Headphone Custom Handle Bar style designed for me by close friend and lighting person Ariel Figeroa.
  • Monster Headset with noise cancellation for reviewing music and programming Traktor, mostly used while flying.

5 – Recorder

  • Edirol R-09HR Digital Recorder

Personal Items

  • 2 x USB flash drives to always have in pockets to share files with friends, although I am frugal in this dept. with my session work! LoL
  • iPod to use in the unlikely event I will be at the gym (hehe) but usually for chilling by a pool or beach if possible
  • Old iPhone 5 as a backup if phone (taking this pic) iPhone 6+ happens to break, get lost, stolen or fall in a toilet bowl!  :-0
  • USB battery backup for iPhone or Mifi portable Internet box
  • 6 Prong Electrical Outlet extension (and cords) for multiple useage, mainly in hotels.
  • Variety of batteries for headphones, mouse, razor, etc.
  • Mini-Flashlight for various uses
  • Duct Tape – Keeps USB cables steady at gig + various other uses like taping curtains to a wall to help blackout room to sleep
  • Nightlight (as seen on cover of my Back To Mine CD Comp). Helps when staying in many different hotels, gives sense of home.
  • Scented candles when possible to rid some hotel room of cigarette odors and toxic chemical smells from vacuuming product
  • Lysol disinfectant spray. Works great on airplanes if someone stunk up the toilet before you go in, has many other uses
  • Excedrin Brand Aspirin! Works best on massive headaches often associated after a long set with banging loud monitors
  • Advil Ibuprofen – Because I haven’t got time for the pain! I strongly suggest taking 2 before bed after a gig to wake up feeling much better than if you didn’t. I’ve shared this with many people over the years and received many, many thanks for the advice.
  • Comb for the hair on my chest!  🙁  (just checking to see if you’re paying attention)  lol
  • Tic Tacs or breath mints. These often help when politely given to people that have partied all night and have dead horse breath!
  • Variety of Rubber Bands. Traveling with so many cables for Traktor, Power Supplies, USB’s, etc, helps keep things organized.
  • Other miscellaneous items: Matches, safety pins, house keys, pens, sharpies, adapters for foreign countries .  . .
  • Passport, Credit Cards, Drivers License, Business Cards and Cottonelle Fresh wipes (for that not so fresh feeling) . . .

All humor aside! Lastly, and extremely personal to me is this gold crucifix given to me as a young boy and a medallion of Saint Christopher (Saint of Protection) that my mother (rest her soul) gave to me many years ago for me to wear in travels. I can be quite the clown at times being the overall entertainer that I am, but when not being a DJ or silly person, my faith is by far the most important thing in life to me. Yes, you can BE a freak while also being a loving child of God and acknowledging what the most important things in life are.

Danny Tenaglia Tour Dates

  • May 16  Dallas @ It’ll Do
  • May 17  Toronto @ NEST
  • May 23  Las Vegas, NV @ Daylight Beach Club at Mandalay Bay
  • June 6  Montreal @ Stereo
  • July 4  Brooklyn, NY @ Output

For more Danny Tenaglia check him out on iTunesTwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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  • Robert Wulfman

    He completely smashed it at It’ll Do, went 2 and a half hours past closing time!

  • killmedj

    I love this guy!

  • D.N.A.

    But why the comb?

    • killmedj

      Pretty sure he was poking fun at his baldness =)

  • Mark Smith

    Thank you so much for sharing Danny. I greatly appreciate it. I love these articles. It is always a pleasure to see what others use.

  • Dennis Parrott

    “Yes, you can BE a freak while also being a loving child of God and acknowledging what the most important things in life are.”

    Amen, bro. It should go without saying but it sadly seems that the world needs to catch up to that way of thinking.

    As for only needing a comb for your chest hair, you are a lucky man. I could use a damn commercial lawn mower! LOL

  • Callum Davenport-Lambton

    Why is it that in just about every “artist setup” you show a picture of them standing in front of a bunch of pioneer gear but none of them say they are using pioneer gear?

    • tricade

      by the way… picture has changed 😉

    • Rissa Garcia

      he uses a Pioneer mixer and cdjs when he uses them ..

  • Vladimir Chilikov

    Quite identiccal as far as controllers and pc goes… None did say – I’ve been using the xxx and yyy controller. Apple and NI: although I am longtime fan of traktor, I find it bit boring…

  • Pach

    They all a bit boring those DJ Gear Setup : MacBook, Traktor, Hd. There’s a world of gear out there…

    • Jonny Korchilava

      Everyone choose stability )

  • Rob Ticho,Club mU

    Loved this one. Danny definitely knows how to stay comfortable on the road.